October 11, 2022
Last week I talked about passion vs. entrepreneurship, TLDR saying that you better had a deeper reason than “money” to venture out in this new business of yours.
The same concept applies to passion vs. an employee. If the employee isn't passionately obsessed with the role / tasks you're about to give him/her, you're in trouble. The money may keep the zombie alive, but be sure that the task will be delivered late and in poor quality. Not scalable.On the other hand, if you see that the employee, in his/her free time, devours everything podcast-related, then you know you may have found a podcast manager.
The tricky thing is that most humans, even out of university, do not really know what they want in life. So don't mistake their marketing studies / experience for passion.Signs of passion that I look for in interviews:- they educate me on the topic- they tell me about the books they read on the topic- they tell me about the future of "x" they're being interviewed for- I see tone changes / body language changes when they talk about the "x" topic- it basically comes from them, I don't need to push to generate interest.
This energy is self-starting, meaning that I will not need to drive the agent much to drive results. They will already know. They will eat-breathe-live the task/role. Pull vs. push kind of strategy. It does wonders.
Now these folks are rare. They are self-learners, and most will finish up entrepreneurs as a result. Make sure to grab them by the legs once you find em.